Superhuman: Our Inner Darkness

The #MeToo scandal changed Kevin Spacey from superhero to villain in one go. The gods of this time are fallen heroes as soon as they do not meet the expectations of perfection. In Superhuman: our inner darkness I search and reveal the crack in the perfect image, so that superheroes can be human again and can show all sides of themselves. - Kalpana Raghuraman

Superhuman: Our Inner Darkness is a contemporary dance performance by choreographer and cultural anthropologist Kalpana Raghuraman. Six dancers and a singer are looking for a new superhero. A hero who also dares to be vulnerable and unadapted, a superhuman.

After a successful tour in the Netherlands and India with the performance SIMEON, in collaboration with the Matangi Quartet, Kalpana will come in 2018 with her new work Superhuman: Our Inner Darkness. She is intrigued in all sides of the human being who make us indefinable and unpredictable. But in mythology and pop culture, among others, we often see a one-sided perspective. Hercules and Beyonce seem to be examples of ultimate perfection. But is it still real to believe that these icons are perfect? Do we not all have an inner darkness and is it perhaps too oppressed?

Kalpana grew up in the Netherlands in an Indian family. As a little girl she devoured many Indian mythological comic strips, in which to her surprise good and bad characters were less one-sided than in Western culture. A superhero could also be bad. This openness about the inner darkness that lies within us all fascinates Kalpana. In Superhuman: Our Inner Darkness she creates a new superhero through a symbiosis of Indian dance, contemporary dance, music composed by Simone Giacomini and live vocals of Lotta Sophie Bakker. A hero who also dares to show the inner darkness, a superhuman.


Concept & choreography: Kalpana Raghuraman
Dance: Anuradha Pancham, Álvaro Silva Gómez, Zahira Suliman, Lars de Vos, Rohiet Tjon Poen
Gie, Goda Žukauskaitė
Singer: Lotta Sophie Bakker
Music composition: Simone Giacomini
Liberetto: Lotta Sophie Bakker
Costume design: Asalia Khadjé
Light design: Frank van Schie, Jeffrey Steenbergen
Technical production: Disappearow
Executive technique: Frank van Schie, Jeffrey Steenbergen
Dramaturgy: Marc Maris
Artistic Advice: Serge Aimé Coulibaly
Business management & sales: Gysèle ter Berg
Production leader: Susanne Tuny
Marketing & PR: Nanda van Aalst
Graphic design: Serena Kloet
Cartoon artist: Floor de Goede
Photography campaign image: Alexander Berdin Lazursky
Scene photography: Bowie Verschuuren
With special thanks to: Beppie Blankert, Sanne Danz, Faso Danse Théâtre, Andrew van Esch, Roy de Hair, Marjet van Os, Erik Pals



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